Tech Wednesday

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Happy New Year! January’s Tech Wednesday looks like it will get the year off to a great start as we have some really interesting speakers this month

• Will Grant - Passwords Suck!

• Mike Bandar and Sam Marchant - What is Influencer Marketing and how can I get started?

• Brian Prangle - Is it possible to have a realtime map of the world?

We meet at 5.30pm at iCentrum building, Innovation Birmingham Campus, Holt Street, B7 4BB. If you’re not sure where we are, then just ask at reception and a friendly face will point you in the right direction. New faces always welcome. Parking is available onsite at a cost of £2 from 5pm.


5.30 – 6.00pm – Registration and networking

6.00 – 7.00pm – Talks

7.00 – 8.00pm – Networking with pizza and beer


Will Grant ( from D4 Software ( will be talking about “How Passwords Suck”.

Passwords are the worst of both worlds: hard for humans to remember, easy for computers to guess. Let's fix passwords!

Will Grant ( is a technology entrepreneur with over 20 years experience. In 2011 Will co-founded Droplet - a mobile payments platform, and has worked in interaction design on some of the most-visited sites in the world. Will is a user experience and interaction designer at D4 Software.

@wgx ( @D4Software (

Mike Bandar ( and Sam Marchant ( Influencer Marketing - What is it and how can I get started?

Influencer marketing is the newest buzzwords to hit the marketing world. But what actually is it? Does it work? and could it work for your business?

Mike and Sam will give a brief introduction to the world of influencer marketing and share some tips and tricks from inside successful and failed campaigns.

@Mikebandar ( @SamMarchant ( @RealTribeHQ (

Brian Prangle from Mercia Mapping ( will be talking discussing whether it is possible to have a realtime map of the world?

Given OpenStreetMap's global success with crowd-sourced contributions can the momentum be sustained when it comes to maintenance of the map? Specifically can the incessant change in the built and transport environment be mapped and published more quickly using crowd-sourced techniques? Can it actually be mapped in realtime? As we move to an Internet of Things and autonomous vehicles can some of the crowd be non-human? Could Birmingham be the first city in the world with a realtime (and open) map? Hear about a new project BiRT: Birmingham in Real Time.

@mappamercia (